Yeah, this week’s Yuck and Cults shows are sold out hard, but fret not dear ones. There are still plenty of musical options in that oh-so-delicious “intimate and up and coming” variety that will earn you your week’s worth of cool points.
Wednesday, July 27
Austra and Cold Cave @ Ukranian Cultural Center: A heavy dose of 80s synthpop revivalism will thump through the Ukrainian Cultural Center on hump day with the double billing of Austra and Cold Cave. Expect to see lots of appreciative head nodding with eyes closed, as that’s how I’ll be dancing.
4315 Melrose Avenue, at North Berendo Street, (323-665-3703 or ticketweb.com)
Thursday, July 28
Henry Clay People @ Also I Like to Rock: So you didn’t get tickets to see of-the-moment art school duo Cults at their sold-out gigs at The Echo and in Eagle Rock. Me neither. Let’s console ourselves with easy all-American garage rock by the less-trendy, (think more Petty than Pitchfork), but always solid Henry Clay People at KCRW’s "Also I Like to Rock" event at The Hammer Museum.
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, at Westwood Boulevard, (310-443-7000 or hammer.ucla.edu)
Friday, July 29
Those Darlins @ The Echo: Tennessee’s Those Darlins are like Best Coast’s raucous southern cousins. They capitalize on a certain retro girl group sound, but this alt-country quartet is looser, rowdier, twangier, less styled-out and more apt to challenge you to arm wrestle after the show. Accept the dare. Don’t expect to win.
1822 Sunset Boulevard, at Lemoyne Street, (213-413-8200 or attheecho.com)
Saturday, July 30
Lord Huron @ Getty Center for the Arts: Lord Huron should be more famous, and probably someday he, (Lord’s lone Ben Schneider), will join the ranks of better known contemporaries like Local Natives and Grizzly Bear. Until then, the opportunity to soak in Lord Huron’s sweet, shimmering, gentle jams at non-sequitur venues like The Getty is the reward for early adopters.
1200 Getty Center Drive, (310-440-7331 or getty.edu)
Sunday, July 31
Bear Hands @ The Bootleg: Admittedly “jangly indie rock” is a lazy descriptor, but I’ll be darned if the rock by this Brooklyn foursome don’t jangle, and rock. Listen to Bear Hand’s “Long Lean Queen” and decide for yourself how to describe how good they sound before checking them out at The Bootleg.
2220 Beverly Boulevard, at South Lake Street, (213-389-3856 or bootlegtheatre.org)
Monday, August 1
J. Tillman @ The Satellite: If you think you don’t know J. Tillman, chances are good that you’re wrong, as the man provides percussion for a little folk outfit called the Fleet Foxes. But let’s not credit him solely on the basis of his associations, as Tillman (J is for Joshua) has released two excellent solo efforts, Vacilando Territory Blues and Singing Ax. He’ll perform on Monday with Stone Darling, Dios and SNEAKPEAK.
17171 Silverlake Boulevard, at Effie Street, (323-661-4380 or thesatellitela.com)
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